HOUSTON, TX (April 22, 2005) -- Holocaust Museum Houston will sponsor a citywide commemoration of Yom HaShoah on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish people who died during the Nazi atrocities of the Holocaust during World War II.
Yom HaShoah is designated as the international Day of Holocaust Remembrance and will be observed in Houston beginning at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood, on Wednesday, May 4. The service is free and open to the public.
This year's theme, "The Long Wait for Freedom: Liberation from the Shoah, ties into the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and the liberation of the concentration camps.
Members of the Houston Cantorial Association will perform, and Holocaust survivors from the Houston area will participate in a commemorative candle-lighting ceremony.
Keynote speaker will be Col. Jerry Scott, a liberator of the camp at Dachau.
More than 300 Houston area school children are expected to attend as part of the museum's ongoing efforts to promote awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of millions of Jews and other innocent victims. By fostering Holocaust remembrance, understanding and education, the Museum educates students as well as the general population about the uniqueness of that event and its ongoing lesson: that humankind must learn to live together in peace and harmony.
Yom HaShoah corresponds annually to the historical beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943. In 1951, the Israeli Knesset formally established the date as the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. On the solar calendar, that date falls between late April and early May. Yom HaShoah is recognized around the world as a time to remember the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose date and place of death is still unknown.
This year's local commemoration is coordinated by the Yom HaShoah Steering Committee, chaired by Lea Weems and Pepi Joskowitz Nichols and sponsored by The Morgan Family Endowment Fund.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information on the 2005 Yom HaShoah service or Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.